THE WORD: Weakness can strengthen leaders

PHOTO CAPTION: “Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law” (1659) is a painting by Rembrandt which is part of the Collection of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. (Public Domain)

Moses was an unlikely leader. Abandoned at birth, he had a speech impediment later in life and disobeyed God. Yet, Moses is a leader for all time, and many other leaders of nations are compared to him. Many eulogies of George Washington called him “America’s Moses.” The first proposal for the Great Seal of the United States — designed by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin — included a scene of Moses leading the Israelites to freedom with the words “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” inscribed around it.

Moses was a leader and a lawgiver. He led the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt and delivered the Ten Commandments at Mount Sanai. The laws delivered by Moses influenced the laws of America and leaders since the Revolutionary War. The Liberty Bell is inscribed with the words of Moses from Leviticus 25. The story of Moses shows us that leadership, and leaders, can arise from humble beginnings, bad circumstances or after oppression. The story of Moses shows that God’s power and blessings can resolve issues that seem to exceed our capabilities or understanding.


10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.